23 January 2024

Stanwell Park community asked for feedback on proposed upgrades to dangerous intersection

| Zoe Cartwright
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Heathcote MP Maryanne Stuart has encouraged the Stanwell Park community to have their say on proposed safety improvements for the intersection of Railway Crescent and Lawrence Hargrave Drive. Photos: Main: Google Maps, inset: Region Illawarra.

After a community push, Transport for NSW (TfNSW) will investigate safety improvements for the intersection of Railway Crescent and Lawrence Hargrave Drive at Stanwell Park.

A TfNSW spokesperson said development and design options for the intersection included the development of a roundabout to reduce the likelihood and severity of traffic incidents.

“The proposal comes in response to community feedback regarding safety and connectivity at this intersection and follows a fatal crash in 2019 on nearby Old Lawrence Hargrave Drive,” the spokesperson said.

“Transport has since observed multiple near-miss crashes during traffic data collection carried out at the intersection since October 2023.

“A roundabout at this location will reduce the likelihood and severity of crashes by reducing speed through the township and providing safer opportunities for traffic entering Lawrence Hargrave Drive from surrounding local roads.”

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The spokesperson said TfNSW was given $260,000 for the design and development of the roundabout with the majority of the funds coming from the Towards Zero Safer Roads Program.

It’s unclear when the community can expect improvements to be made, as no funding has been allocated to the construction of a roundabout, or any other upgrades.

“It is early in the process and community feedback will be invaluable in shaping the next steps for the safety improvements proposed for this area,” the spokesperson said.

Member for Heathcote Maryanne Stuart encouraged residents to get in touch with their ideas about how the intersection could be improved and thanked those who had “already advocated strongly on this issue”.

β€œI welcome TfNSW taking steps for safety improvements at Stanwell Park and the local community for advocating so strongly to improve safety at this intersection,” she said.

β€œWe want to hear from those who live in the area and anyone who regularly travels through this intersection so we can better understand what they are experiencing and identify any improvements needed.”

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Options for crossings as additional safety measures for cyclists and pedestrians are still being considered.

Community feedback is open, and residents can have their say on the potential next steps for the project by emailing [email protected] or calling the Heathcote electorate office on (02) 9548 0144 before 5 pm on Thursday, 29 February.

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